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Memorial details

Memorial type
Allegory (eg: Victory)
District
Caithness
Town
Thurso
County
Highland
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), First World War - civilians, Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians
Maker
Percy Herbert Portsmouth Arsa
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 1 September 1922
    Attended by: Sir Archibald Sinclair and Rt Hon Viscount Thurso JP
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
5947
Current location

Set in front of a small garden located across the road from St Peter's and St Andrew's Church
Sinclair St
Thurso
Caithness
Highland
KW14 7AN
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: ND 11624 68291
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Bronze figure of Victory holding up a staff and sheltering a child (symbolic of Peace) set atop a stone plinth and base.
Inscription
THIS MEMORIAL/ IS DEDICATED TO THOSE FROM/ THE PARISH OF THURSO WHO,/ IN THE WAR OF 1914-1918/ LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES/ FOR GOD AND COUNTRY/ AND THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM/ WE THANK OUR GOD WHO UPON / EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF THEM.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Alexander, George
Allan, Alexander Banks
Anderson, James
Angus, Charles
Angus, William Alexander
Baikie, Magnus Alexander
Bain, George William
Booth, George Alexander
Bremner, Allan Hugh Redpath
Brims, Peter
See details for all 187 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 146
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 146
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forenames, surname, regiment, decorations
    Order of information: surname
  • First World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 5
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 5
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, service
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 31
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 31
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forenames, surname, service
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 5
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 5
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, service
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
History
Sometime around the year 2010 the memorial was cleaned and restored.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=712&mforum=warmemscot
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Buildings of Scotland by Gifford, John H&I (1992), P.133.
  • From 'The Scotsman' - Saturday, 2nd September 1922, page 10 THURSO WAR MEMORIAL In presence of a large gathering, Sir Archibald H. MrSinclair, Bart, of Ulbster, Lord-Lieutenant of Caithness, unveiled the war memorial at Thurso yesterday. Ex-Provost Mackay, chairman of the Committee, presided, and accompanying him to the platform were Sir Archibald and Lady Sinclair, Colonel Keith Murray, Convener of Caithness; Major William M. Brims, Provost of Thurso; and Mr David Coghill, chairman of the Parish Council. Sir Archibald Sinclair paid a high tribute to the gallantry of the North in the Great war, and urged that tho victory won by the sacrifices of the manhood of the country should not be allowed to pass, but that on that victory should be built a better world for all men to live in. The memorial in design and execution was the work of Mr Percy Portsmouth, A-R-S.A., Edinburgh. It takes the form of a bronze group placed on a stone pedestal of exquisite colour and texture. Bronze tablets on three sides bear the names of the fallen, whilst the front contains the inscription. The crowning feature of the memorial consists of a group in bronze representing Peace and Victory.

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